Sport Justin Rose (left) and Rory McIlroy have both dropped out of the Seve Trophy

Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were all qualified but each declined to take part

Forsyth fuels hopes of rare home success

Countdown to The Open: Unheralded duo lead a cavalry charge of stars in curtain-raiser for this week's big event

Cool-hand Luke's extended golf family

Not too distant from his apartment on Lake Michigan, Luke Donald's Ryder Cup career began, racked with tension, on a chill, grey morning. His drive off the first tee headed wickedly for the trees. By the conclusion of that momentous first day's play for Europe, he was out of the Woods, in more ways than one.

Montgomerie shows Ryder form

With the possible exception of the 20,000 cardiologists who are descending on the city for a conference this weekend, few conversations are being conducted here that do not involve the latest theories as to who is in Bernhard Langer's mind for his two Ryder Cup wild-card selections.

Donald is thrust into limelight with Woods

The Open: Young British contender groomed on US tour begins championship challenge alongside world No 1 and Spain's fiery Garcia

Morgan finds drive needed to overcome handicaps

Face to follow: Son of Bristol docker has fought battle with epilepsy to win cards on both Tours

Rookie Donald triumphs in States

Golf: McEvoy inspires troops to level best

IF GREAT BRITAIN & Ireland lose the Walker Cup to the United States at Nairn today, it won't be because of Peter McEvoy's captaincy. The team veteran Gary Wolstenholme called McEvoy's leadership "inspirational" before the 37th match started, and so it proved yesterday.

Golf: Donald keeps Americans in sight

ENGLISHMAN LUKE Donald lived up to his pre-match billing by leading the Great Britain & Ireland cause against the United States in the Walker Cup at Nairn yesterday. Not far behind him was Paul Casey.

Golf: Donald can be the driving force for Britain

PREVIOUS CAPTAINS of Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup teams have always talked up their side's chances, the problem was, in the past, no one believed them. Things are different this year. When the current captain, Peter McEvoy, says his team will win this year's match, which starts today at Nairn Golf Club, it is hard to argue with him.
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